Strange transits through “The Daylight Gate” (review)

Unfailingly dire, unflinchingly bloody, full of love and license, and brimming over with real devotion and all-too-human devilry, Jeanette Winterson’s “The Daylight Gate“ is at once a history lesson, historical fiction, and a romantic tale of the fantastic. Centered on England’s first recorded with trials in the grim aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, this post-Elizabethan milieu is peopled with historical figures Winterson has made entirely her own.

Let sleeping dogs lie: Gene Wolfe’s “The Fifth Head of Cerberus” (review)

Trust is a slippery prospect in Gene Wolfe’s collection of interconnected novellas, “The Fifth Head of Cerberus” — and while the oft-unfortunate characters that populate the book certainly have their own issues of trust, confidence and reliability in their lives, the one who really is left grasping after truth, and even a genuine sense of reality within this singular narrative collection, is the reader.

On Octavia E. Butler’s birthday, why not read some of her game-changing classics?

Active from the ’70s into the early ’00s, Butler was one of the first African American women to make an impact in science fiction. As a writer of extraordinary, painful humanity and uncompromising vision, we’d suggest that perhaps one of her only real peers is J.G. Ballard.

Neil Gaiman on Gene Wolfe, ‘Stranger Things’ season 3 trailer, all 37 Batman TV villains, comics ‘n’ sci-fi chatter plus ‘Peanuts’ vs. ‘The Thing’

(Above: Bruce Pennington’s cover for Wolfe’s “Shadow of the Torturer”) At a time when TV adaptations of classic works of SF/F are coming fast and thick, Neil Gaiman’s appreciation of the late Gene Wolfe‘s most famous work is… Read More

“I just don’t want it to be the only thing people know about her”: Elana Levin on Dark Phoenix and Jean Grey as a feminist icon

Comics expert, podcaster and community organizer Elana Levin brings high-level feminist discourse and deep comics in this conversation about one the most powerful women to ever soar out of the four-color medium and into our imagination.

Everything I know about ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ I learned from ‘B.P.R.D.’ (review)

The plot, such as it is, involves a misguided alliance between a noble scientist and cold-blooded ecoterrorists. There’s some good acting — as well as some scenery-chewing, in the literal sense as well as metaphorically.